Combined with Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse, fifth-ranked Kansas’ 62-55 defeat at TCU on Wednesday marked the first time in 264 games that the Jayhawks lost back-to-back games.
It’s arguable that this group of losses was worst than the last time Bill Self’s team lost consecutive games: 59-55 to Kansas State at home and 89-86 in overtime at Missouri on Jan. 14 and 16, 2006.
While Oklahoma State cracked the top 25 this week after upsetting then-No. 2 KU 85-80 on Saturday, TCU is dreadful. The Horned Frogs were 9-12 and 0-8 in the Big 12 entering Wednesday’s game and held a ratings percentage index of 237.
KU also achieved another forgettable first in the Self era against TCU: Fewest points in a half— 13. The Jayhawks trailed 22-13 at the break and by as many as 16 in the second half.
As for the K-State and MU teams that beat KU in 2006, Jim Wooldridge was coaching the Wildcats and on his way to getting fired after a 15-13 finish. And Quin Snyder was almost history in Columbia, where the Tigers finished 12-16 after Snyder was shown the door before the season ended.
Jerry Palm, who crunches basketball numbers for cbssports.com, said TCU's victory marked the biggest upset in RPI difference in the 20 years he's been tracking numbers. Kansas entered the game No. 7 in RPI, TCU No. 237.
KU's field goal percentage for the game (29.5 on 18 for 61) was the worst for the Jayhawks in the Self era.
The last time KU lost three games in a row? At Texas Tech (80-79 in double overtime), to Iowa State (63-61 in overtime) and at Oklahoma (71-63) on Feb. 14, 19 and 21, 2005. That’s also the season KU lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to 14th-seeded Bucknell.